Germany unveils new biometric 'ePass' passport

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1 June 2005, BERLIN - A German official unveiled the country's new biometric passport on Wednesday which contains a special chip to make it difficult to counterfeit or tamper with the travel document.

1 June 2005

BERLIN - A German official unveiled the country's new biometric passport on Wednesday which contains a special chip to make it difficult to counterfeit or tamper with the travel document.

Interior Minister Otto Schily said Germany would begin issuing a biometric passport with the chip containing a digital photo of the holder from 1 November.

Beginning in March 2007 the chip will also contain two fingerprints, said Schily.

Dubbed ePass, the new German passport will allow immigration officers quickly to make an electronic check matching the person carrying the document with the chip data, he said.

All 25 members of the European Union as well as the US, Japan, Russia, Australia and Switzerland have agreed to introduce biometric passports.

DPA

Subject: German news

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